Actor, Anthony Hopkins did not tune into the virtual ceremony for the BAFTA Awards. When he heard cheering from the TV in the hotel he was staying at, Hopkins thought it was for the football on the TV. It certainly was not!
The cheering was in fact in the Silence of the Lambs’ star’s honour as he had just won a BAFTA in the Best Actor category for his performance in the film The Father.
The Father is a film which explored a man who falls into dementia. The film was directed by Florian Zeller and also starred Olivia Coleman.
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Hopkins who recently received his vaccine against Covid-19, is holidaying in Wales. He was painting in his hotel room whilst the awards show was taking place.
He has previously won Best Actor for his performances in The Silence of the Lambs, War and Peace and The Remains of the Day.
“At this time in my life, I never expected to get this”
Speaking to the press, Hopkins admitted that he did not expect to win at the BAFTAs again.
“This is wonderful”, exclaimed Hopkins. “I’m at this time in my life where I never expected to get this, you know? I mean, I got to a point in my life and I thought, ‘I wonder if I will ever work again?’ – an actor’s nightmare”.
He explained the bizarre fashion that he discovered his triumph.
“I’m just so astounded. I’m sitting here painting, in fact, in my room in a hotel, and I’m covered in paint and this cheer went up from next door and I thought, ‘Are they were watching a football match?’ and then I got a message from Florian (Zeller)”.
“It keeps me out trouble”
At 83 years of age, Hopkins is showing no signs of slowing down, admitting that he is still acting because it “keeps me out of trouble”.
He also added, “I don’t want to sound heavy about it, but it’s the only thing I know how to do. I don’t know how I became an actor. I had no intention of doing anything, really”.
“I keep it simple”, Hopkins continued. “I love it. It’s a great life. And to be able to express things… I try not to take myself too seriously. I hope I don’t”.